Note: Story updated below.
A little bird tells Swamplot that Walmart is close to buying a 5-acre piece of land on Heights Blvd. just south of I-10. Formerly on that site: the Sons of Hermann Hall, which was demolished last summer. The property also fronts Yale, and is bounded by the Center St. railroad tracks to the south. Just across the street: the Art Car Museum. If the discount retailer does close the deal and build on the property, it would be the first Walmart-owned store inside the Loop. (Of course, there’s already a Walmart and a Sam’s Club just outside the South Loop; the Sam’s Club is a direct train ride from Downtown.) Also in the works, though much further along: A new Walmart under construction next to Northline Commons, the former site of the Northline Mall.
Later Update: Looks like we were a little off target on the location. Walmart is actually interested in a site one block west.
- Previously on Swamplot: Comment of the Day: Imagining the H-E-B Heights Revitalization Plan, Heights Village: Parking Lots Are the New Main Street!
Photo of 120 Yale St., showing former Sons of Hermann Lodge: Heights Blog